Ambedkar Park issue: Mayawati gets relief from SC
UP Chief Minister Mayawati gets nod to go ahead with construction activities in the Ambedkar Park in Lucknow as SC lifts curbs imposed by the Allahabad High Court.delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2008 22:19 IST
UP Chief Minister Mayawati can go ahead with construction activities in the Ambedkar Park in Lucknow with the Supreme Court on Monday lifting curbs imposed by the Allahabad High Court.
The apex court observed that "the orders passed by the judiciary on the subject falling under the domain of legislature and executive should be ignored and should be treated in nullity" and courts should not exceed their "limits".
"How can the High Court pass interim order on the issue relating to the Master Plan which is not in the domain of judiciary," a Bench comprising Justices H K Sema and Markandey Katju said while staying the April 4 interim order of the High Court.
The Mayawati government had triggered a controversy by changing the land use of 35 acres area of Bhim Rao Ambedkar park and starting construction activities for setting up the Kanshi Ram Research Institute in the green area.
A group of residents moved the High Court had directed the state government to maintain status quo on construction activities.
The apex court refused to pass any order for contempt action against state government for allegedly installing permanent structure in the park to organise the birth centenary celebrations of Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14.
"Parliament and legislature has power to amend law. How can a court say don't make a law. Judiciary should work within its limits," Justice Katju said.
The Bench also issued notice to Gomati Nagar Jan Kalyan Maha Samiti and other petitioners on the plea of the state government seeking transfer of all cases relating to Ambedkar Park to the apex court and stayed all proceedings in the High Court.